A first-round pick in 2005, Rodgers is set to take over for Brett Favre this season.
Dan Patrick: When did you get the news on Favre?
Aaron Rodgers: When everybody else did. I was asleep in San Diego and got five or 10 calls before 7 a.m., and my roommate came in and woke me up.
DP: When do you feel the pressure of taking over?
AR: It's already in the air. It's a big topic in Green Bay. I just visited troops in Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and a lot of the questions were about Brett. One soldier ripped me to my face. He started out, "I'm a big Packers fan. Well, not as much anymore now that Brett retired." And then he goes into a long statement, it's not even really a question, about how he's worried because we're solid at every position except for quarterback.
DP: How confident are you?
AR: I've never lost confidence in myself. I think the Dallas game [Rodgers went 18 for 26 for 201 yards and a TD against the Cowboys last year after Favre went out with an injury] went a long way to prove to my teammates and the fans what I'm capable of. Now I've got to do it for a 16-week season.
DP: When's the last time you talked to Favre?
AR: Been a while. I thought maybe I'd give him a call, but I wanted things to die down a bit. I haven't heard from him, but I'm sure we'll talk soon. We were very close when he left, and I'm sure we'll stay close.
DP: Is there anything in the back of your mind that says there's still a chance he could come back?
AR: I never say never. I mean, Michael Jordan came back. Other guys have had comebacks. But I think he's done. What he said in his press conference was a lot of the things that he would say during the year. He was just tired mentally, and he knows, if he decides to come back, what he's in store for. And I think he's content with retirement.
DP: Did Favre send you a Bowflex?
AR: No, we did get some Wranglers last year, though.
DP: Those are probably just from his closet.
AR: Well, no, because they didn't say 1995 on them.
Answer of the Week
CHRISTIAN LAETTNER, former Duke forward, on my radio show on March 18, when asked whose fans have it in for him more, those from rival North Caro lina or Ken tucky, the school he knocked out with a game-winning shot in the 1992 NCAA tournament:
"I've driven through Kentucky a few times, and, boy, I'm really scared the whole time I'm on the road. I do not stop anywhere in Kentucky. I'll urinate in a plastic bottle."
March Madness Personality Test
What Your Brackets Say about You
1 IF YOU HAVE ALL 1- AND 2-SEEDS IN THE FINAL FOUR
You are primarily concerned with not embarrassing yourself. You buy most of your clothes at Banana Republic.
2 YOU HAVE THREE 1s OR 2s, AND AN 8-SEED
You're trying to be cool. You have a tattoo, but it's small and on a part of your body usually covered by clothes.
3 YOUR FINAL FOUR ARE ALL 10-SEEDS OR HIGHER
You don't care what others say. Laughing off the rumors, you bet the ranch on Bear Stearns.
4 YOU HAD A UCLA-UMBC FINAL
You have only one foot in reality. Your dream presidential ticket is Obama-Spitzer.
5 YOU HAD AMERICAN GOING ALL THE WAY
You believe in miracles. You sent SI a letter addressed, "Attention: Marisa Miller."
Some Friendly Advice
ENJOY THIS era of strong mid-majors in college basketball while you can; it may end with the next NBA bargaining agreement, in 2011. Commissioner David Stern wants to change the rules so that players will stay in college at least two years before going pro. Mid-majors, like Xavier this year, have been thriving because they have a chance to develop more cohesive teams than schools whose stars hop to the NBA after a year. If the rules change, top talents will stay longer and gel better with teammates. The result: a stronger advantage for the big recruiting powers.
THE FINE PRINT: Here's all I know about Davidson: The school was founded in 1982 with money John Davidson put away from That's Incredible!
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